In the fifth week before the TechRepublic Community Event, Sonja Thompson recaps the weekly highlights on the site, including the top discussions and most active members. If you’re not a fan of video (sorry about the Flash, Jaqui), you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. What classic system do you wish you worked on or miss working on?
  2. Who owns corporate e-mail? Is there a right to privacy
  3. Visit an adult site at work and go to prison
  4. iPhone: Why I may be seduced by the dark side
  5. FNM Unplugged – professional or amateur

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Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena over the past week

  1. Jacky Howe (11 thumbs)
  2. The Scummy One (7 thumbs)
  3. Peconet Tietokoneet and brian (5 thumbs)
  4. Shellbot (4 thumbs)
  5. OldER Mycroft and ThumbsUp2 (3 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. Deadly Ernest (180 posts)
  2. The Scummy One (169 posts)
  3. boxfiddler (168 posts)
  4. jdclyde (156 posts)
  5. Jacky Howe (121 posts)

TR Member participation

Thanks to Tammy, BFilmFan, boxfiddler, shasca, cgeifer, Deadly Ernest, Dumphrey, Hal 9000, jdclyde, and GG for participating in this episode of TROLOV. These folks are eligible for some free swag!

Our “What is it?” photo from last week, compliments of shasca, is a chain that used to measure packages for shipment at UPS. Of course, this was before technology was developed that made this process much easier.

Last week’s Question of the Week was sent in by The Scummy One: “Does your company have its sights on Windows 7, do they plan to stay with Windows XP, or are they looking for Windows alternatives?” Here are some of the responses we received:

Dumphrey: Welllll, we’re still running XP and a few Windows 2000 machines. We skipped over Vista completely, due to lack of compatibility with our print flow management software. So, we’ll have to update that to even consider Windows 7. As for alternatives, I’m working on getting the db client to work correctly under Wine on my laptop. Moving to Linux would be a big cost and time saver but would mean abandoning AD. … I wish I could convince the Powers That Be to switch to OS2-Warp. I miss OS2.

Hal 9000: As for thinking about Windows 7 – no, we are not considering it yet. Currently, we are sticking with XP and preferring it over all current M$ products – and yes, that includes Office 2007. …(since) the customers are still requesting/demanding XP, I think I’ll be sticking with it for a very long time. It does make a present change over the demands for NT Boxes though.

BFilmFan: 1: Yes, we will be looking to transition to 7, as opposed to Vista; 2. No, we do not plan to remain on Windows XP; 3. No, although we do have a mix of operating systems in the environment, such as Mac OS for graphics workstations.

This week’s Question of the Week was sent in by jdclyde: “Do you dictate to business partners what format they’re allowed to send you, or do THEY dictate to you?” Please send your answers to trol at
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